Flyers Notes: Is an attitude change in order?

Flyers Notes: Is an attitude change in order?
February 17, 2013, 9:00 am
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MONTREAL -– A lot of anger and frustration spilled out after the Flyers' stunning 4-1 loss to the Canadiens.
 
Team captain Claude Giroux, and others, talked candidly about the team’s poor attitude, its overall lack of competitiveness, and the need for change.
 
Danny Briere agreed with Giroux and Kimmo Timonen, who said several times that there are players in the room in need of major attitude adjustments.
 
Is this team just going through the motions right now?
 
“At times, it seems like that,” Briere replied. “It's something that we've talked about. We have to show a little bit more emotion. When you're not winning ... it seems even worse.
 
“I wish I had an easy answer. ...  Maybe we gotta want it a little bit more.”
 
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette doesn’t like to respond to what players say to the media unless he personally witnesses their remarks.
 
“I haven’t talked to Claude – don’t be quoting what he said,” Laviolette snapped when a reporter asked him to respond to Giroux's comments.
 
No goals
The Flyers have scored two goals or less in 11 games this season.
 
No Jaromir Jagr. He’s in Dallas. No Scott Hartnell. He’s injured. And no offense from anyone currently playing, either.
 
Is that surprising?
 
“Yeah, I think so with all the scorers that we have on this team,” Briere said. “It's tough to understand at this point. There's lots of [frustration]. Lots of guys squeezing sticks right now. But there is hope.
 
“When Lavy took over the team a few years ago, I think we ended up being 14th in the conference at one point and we made the playoffs late in the season, and rode it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
 
“So it's not too late. I really believe with the team that we have, we can come back in this race and we should be making the playoffs.”
 
Loose pucks
The Flyers outhit the Canadiens, 32-20.  Claude Giroux and Zac Rinaldo led the way with five each. Rinaldo’s came in 5:16 of ice time. ... Giroux had four shots, which is slightly more than 21 percent of the Flyers’ entire shot total (19) for the game. ... The Flyers have not allowed a power play goal in five consecutive games. They are 16-for-16 on the penalty kill in that five-game span and are 33-for-35 (94.3 pct) in their last nine games. … Unfortunately, they’re not scoring when they are on the power play. They were 0-for-4 against the Canadiens.